Fans got their first glimpse of the football team during Saturday’s spring practice. In case you missed it, Arizona State’s offense looked really good. Now that the spring session of the offseason is finished, head coach Todd Graham has released the first depth chart. There aren’t many surprises, and not much light is shed on any position battles. But it’s something, at least. Here it is.

Offense

Quarterback:
Manny Wilkins/Blake Barnett
Dillon Sterling-Cole
Bryce Perkins (injured)
Brady White (injured)

Running Back:
Kalen Ballage
Demario Richard
Nick Ralston

X Receiver: 
N’Keal Harry
Terrell Chatman/Frank Darby

H-Back: 
Jalen Harvey
Ryan Jenkins
Jack Smith

Y Receiver: 
Tommy Hudson
Christian Hill

Tight End:
Jay Jay Wilson
Jared Bubak

Z Receiver:
John Humphrey
Kyle Williams/Ryan Newsome

Left Tackle:
Cohl Cabral
Mason Walter/Tyson Rising

Left Guard:
Sam Jones
Connor Humphreys

Center: 
AJ McCollum/Tyler McClure
Marshall Nathe

Right Guard: 
Steve Miller
Alex Losoya

Right Tackle: 
Quinn Bailey/Zach Robertson

Defense

Devil Backer: 
Koron Crump
AJ Latu
Jalen Bates

Defensive Tackle: 
Tashon Smallwood
Renell Wren
Corey Smith

Nose Tackle: 
George Lea
Jordan Hoyt
DJ Davidson

Defensive End: 
JoJo Wicker
Dougladson Subtyl

WILL Linebacker: 
Christian Sam
Deion Guignard
Malik Lawal

MIKE Linebacker: 
DJ Calhoun
Khaylan Thomas

Spur Linebacker: 
J’Marcus Rhodes
Tyler Whiley

Left Cornerback: 
Kareem Orr
Maurice Chandler
Jalen Russell

Right Cornerback: 
Chase Lucas
Maurice Chandler

Free Safety: 
Chad Adams
Marcus Ball
Jeremy Smith
Armand Perry (injured)

Strong Safety: 
Dasmond Tautalatasi
Marcus Ball
Ty Thomas

Special Teams

Kicker: 
John O’Brien

Punter: 
Michael Sleep-Dalton

Long Snapper: 
Mitchell Fraboni

Holder: 
Michael Sleep-Dalton

Quick Analysis

It’s important to remember that both Bryce Perkins and Brady White have been recovering from injuries and have not participated in spring practices. By all accounts, they should both be cleared soon. Perkins was at one point thought to be the frontrunner to start last summer before getting injured, and White ended up starting a game last season before getting injured. While Wilkins and Barnett have the edge now, either Perkins or White could work their way into the conversation.

Armand Perry was the starting strong safety last year and he will almost definitely retain that job. Like Perkins and White, though, Perry has missed spring practices while recovering from an injury. Similarly, Marcus Ball has been limited in practices but will likely see a lot of action going forward.

It’s very promising that Chase Lucas is listed in the top spot at right cornerback. A four-star recruit who was classmates with both N’Keal Harry and Perkins, Lucas was a huge signing for the program. He redshirted last year, but his placement at the top of this depth chart is a sign that the redshirt freshman is as good as advertised.

Don’t expect John O’Brien to remain alone at the kicker position. Three-star freshman Brandon Ruiz will arrive on campus in the summer and is expected to compete right away for the starting job.

The offensive line is still very much in flux. AJ McCollum and Tyler McClure are splitting first-team reps at center, but expect one of them to slide over to either guard position. Quinn Bailey is the most experienced tackle on this line, so it is a bit disappointing to see him at right tackle and not on the blindside. However, he is splitting reps with Zach Robertson, so perhaps Bailey could move to the left side. Current left tackle starter Cohl Cabral was merely a backup last season, so he’s an unknown commodity.

Kalen Ballage is listed as the starting running back, but he will split reps with Demario Richard fairly evenly. Offensive coordinator Billy Napier will also use two-back sets featuring the both of them.


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